If you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects like pencils, pens, or ice, it will greatly increase your chances of chipping one or more teeth. This is also true if you participate in contact sports without wearing a quality mouthguard or if you grind your teeth at night.
Most chips are limited to the enamel layer of a tooth and often cause no pain. However, the chipped tooth enamel invites bacteria to develop tooth decay and cavities. If tooth decay sets in, the compromised and shallow enamel can quickly give way, allowing the decay to spread into the critical internal structures of the tooth.
Even if a chipped tooth is not giving you trouble, it’s always best to visit Dr. Glen Lockwood to explore your treatment and restoration options. If the chip is significant, he might recommend replacing the entire enamel layer with a dental crown in Kenai, Alaska.
To begin treatment, your dentist will first want to inspect the tooth to assess the extent of the decay. If the decay extends deep down into the internal structures of the tooth, you might need a root canal to restore sufficient tooth structure to mount a crown.
Then, your dentist will form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. The abutment will eventually anchor your permanent crown into place.
Next, Dr. Glen Lockwood will take a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental lab where your new crown is prepared. The material Dr. Glen Lockwood recommends using for your crown will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its primary function.
A temporary crown is then secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.
Our Kenai Dental Clinic team will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment once your new crown is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.
If you have a chipped tooth, you should not ignore it. Please call Kenai Dental Clinic at 907-283-4875 to schedule an appointment.